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Old 10-09-2018, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hey, My little Syrian Hammy is called Rex, and I love him very much I rescued him from a boring sad life. He has a wonderful life now of yummy food and lots of exciting things in his home he is friendly and has never bitten.
Recently heís been quiet and I thought itís because itís getting colder and heís getting ready for the winter but this morning I noticed a yellow scab looking thing under his chest/chin itís got a little black scab in the yellow parts and this morning it was a little bloody. Iíve searched the internet world for help & he hates me looking at it. I tried to investigate to take a picture to try explain but itís impossible. Some info he is almost 3 years old

Please can somebody help?

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Old 10-09-2018, 10:10 PM   #2
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Hi & welcome to HC Dpsmith.
It's hard to guess what may be up with Rex without a photo, do you think it's possible he's rubbed on something or caught himself on something that's got a bit sharp? It could be something like that or it may be a growth of some sort.
He's a really great age & I can understand that you wouldn't want to stress him but if he's up to it I would get your vet to have a look & take it from there.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:07 PM   #3
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:16 AM   #4
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I'm sorry your hammy is so poorly. He is quite old for a hammy and at this age their immune systems are not so good and they tend to get infections.
That looks like a nasty infection there and it could be an abcess or even a tumour that is breaking down. I would take him to the vets and see what they say. It may be treatable with some antibiotics or it may be that he is in pain and you have to make a decision based on your love for him. I hope he can be seen very soon x
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:51 AM   #5
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I'm sorry your hammy is so poorly. He is quite old for a hammy and at this age their immune systems are not so good and they tend to get infections.
That looks like a nasty infection there and it could be an abcess or even a tumour that is breaking down. I would take him to the vets and see what they say. It may be treatable with some antibiotics or it may be that he is in pain and you have to make a decision based on your love for him. I hope he can be seen very soon x
Thank you for your love & support.. Iíve spoken to a vets and been told to salt water bathe his wound and Iím taking him on Saturday to get antibiotics if the salt water isnít working. Iím so sad I just want him to feel better heís like my little baby. He doesnít seem like heís in pain but I donít know the signs that show heís in pain. Heís still being a little piggy eating everything and heís drinking water, the only difference is that heís not as active in his cage but itís much colder here so I will just have to wait and see

Thank you again ❤️
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:08 PM   #6
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If you can find an exotic vet in your area they will give a diagnosis Three years is very old for a hamster so I don't think they'd be wanting to operate for any reason - it would be more a case of relieving symptoms and pain relief. Hopefully they will give you good advice and if they can treat you could ask about having some Metacam for pain relief as well. He's about the equivalent of 120 in human years He sounds like he may be fading now and nearing his time. I hope things go smoothly for you and him xxx
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